AT&T HTC One Mini receives Android 4.4 KitKat

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AT&T is now rolling out the Android 4.4 KitKat update for the HTC One Mini along with the HTC Sense™ 5.5.

Just like always, the update is a staggered one which means that the OTA update will be available for some users right away, while it might reach other customers a week or two later. The update carries the version number 3.10.502.3, and since it is sized at 658 MB, you will need to be on Wi-Fi to download it.

Based on the changelog posted on AT&T’s website, the new update includes “key enhancements to the user interface, phone dialer app, lock screen, caller ID, HTC BlinkFeed™ apps”. In addition, you will get an improved user interface with restyled status and navigation bars, emoji support, enhanced bluetooth and security as well as the ability to directly look up for contacts from the dial pad and much more.

Check out the full changelog right after the break:
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Sony begins seeding the Android 4.4.2 KitKat update for the Xperia Z1 worldwide

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Sony began rolling out the KitKat update for several Xperia devices last week including the Xperia Z1, the Xperia Z1 Compact, and the Xperia Z Ultra. Several markets received the update but now the company is now seeding the Android 4.4.2 KitKat update to the Xperia Z1 worldwide.

The software update carries the version number 14.3.A.0.681 and comes with a few new additions as well. These include an updated camera app which would enhance your shooting experience, an improved camera software that will enable you to take better pictures, and an enhanced email app which the company hasn’t yet provided any details on.

If you’re eager to get the update, you can check for the update manually by going to Settings > About phone > Software updates to check if the update is available for your Xperia Z1.

Source: Sony Mobile

Motorola launches the Test Drive software program, starts with the DROID RAZR M

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Motorola is taking active members within Motorola Feedback Network one step closer to software updates. With Test Drive, Motorola is giving the keys to the software update car to members that have remained active and participated in previous soak tests. And being active in the Motorola Feedback Network is not the only area you need to have a checkbox in. Quality feedback previously provided is also key.

So what device gets the nod to start the Test Drive program? The DROID RAZR M. According to the person that tipped Android Police, the device is going to receive Android 4.4.2 KitKat. Why the DROID RAZR M can have KitKat and the Galaxy Nexus cannot, I will never know (but just blame Texas Instruments).

Source: Android Police

Firefox Beta for Android gets updated to support Firefox accounts, data sync

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Mozilla’s “Firefox Accounts,” introduced earlier this year, was created to help sync all data used between the Firefox browsers on your computers, smartphones, tablets, etc. This information includes passwords, browsing history, bookmarks, settings, open tabs, etc.

Now, support for Firefox Accounts has come to its Android beta app. You’ll be able to turn on the feature by tapping on the message that will appear when you open up a new tab while using the updated app for the first time.

Hit the break below for the full changelog as well as a link to the app in the Play Store.


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Layar develops Glassware for added augmented reality experience

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Layar, an augmented reality application, has brought its services to Google Glass, allowing users to simply look at things in the real world and obtain detailed information about it through Google Glass.

A simple “scan this” command will instruct the app to find additional information about whatever the user is looking at.

Not sure what we’re talking about? Check out Layar’s video after the break.


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Android 4.4 KitKat update now available for the international LG G2

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The Android 4.4 KitKat update is now available as an OTA for the international LG G2. The KitKat version has been available for the Korean LG G2 since last December, and AT&T G2 users got their hands on the KitKat update last month.

The update will be a staggered one so it might take a few days or weeks before it will be available for your device. The latest KitKat update brings an improved user interface and battery life, faster processing speed, cloud print feature, and an improved “Kock On” feature.

Source: GSMArena

Updated Skype application promises to save more battery life

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Many Skype users prefer to stay logged out of the service on their phones and tablets while not video chatting because of a fear of drained battery. If you remember, Google admitted that the Nexus 5 battery is currently experiencing faster battery drain due to the camera communicating with apps such as Skype.

Skype just updated the Android app to version 4.7, which will hopefully alleviate the situation. Just one other change includes message notifications in group chats being turned off by default.

Battery life is precious these days, so anything Skype can do to improve the situation is good news.


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Motorola Care app updated to become Motorola Help

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Motorola’s support application, Motorola Care, has been updated to become Motorola Help, and is only compatible of Motorola’s newest series of devices, including the Moto X, Moto G, Droid Maxx, Droid Ultra and Droid Mini.

With the app, you’ll be able to view FAQs, tutorials and tips regarding your phone. If you’re an Android-newbie, this app is a must-have.

Hit the break for some screen shots and a link to the app in the Play Store.


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Pocket Casts now comes with Chromecast support

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Users of Pocket Casts who have been wishing that the app would add Chromecast support will be happy to know that their wish as come true. In an update to v4.5, shiftyjelly has finally added support for the Google dongle. As the developer puts it:

“__Finally__!!! Pocket Casts 4.5! Chromecast support! Up Next Playlist which you can re-arrange items in! New Interface that’s sexy, and picks up podcast colours! Soooo Many Enhancements! More Exclamation Marks! Capitals in Odd Places!

One does not simply update an app like Pocket Casts. One has to take the One Codebase to some silly mountain and do so in epic 3-part triloginess. Heck one might even make more movies about a dragon too. But hey, we have hairy feet so we’re as Hobbit as they come.”
As we can see, Chromecast support isn’t the only feature to be added. Pocket Casts comes with a new coat of paint and some visual enhancements on top of a new UI. You can now also re-arrange items in the “Up Next Playlist.”
We have the QR code and download link for you after the break if you’re looking to download the app.

Video showing HTC Sense 6 leaks, shows a slew of “Motion Launch” gestures

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The All New HTC One (or the HTC One 2014) is coming on March 25. While we have gotten plenty of looks at the hardware, the software has remained out of the spotlight… until now. Over on YouTube, someone posted a look at what Sense 6, HTC’s software skin, will look like. The video did not go too far into things; however, we now know that HTC will certainly be utilizing motion gestures.

Like the LG G2, the user can wake the device by double tapping the display. Also, swiping to the left will bring up the widgets panel and swiping to the left activates HTC’s BlinkFeed. Swiping up will bypass the lockscreen (if you do not have a password).

Hit the break for a re-posted version of the video as the original has been pulled.
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